Many outlets have come out with fresh transfer news, linking Arsenal with a move for £45 million rated Sabitzer of RB Leipzig. Arteta and Edu have made no secret of their plans to try to bring in some creative-minded players to what has been a disappointing midfield so far this season. There are a number of targets rumoured to be on this list, most notably Brandt, Aouar, Buendia and Isco. The latest to be added to the list is perhaps the most exciting.
The Austrian is a real modern playmaker. He has all the technical attributes to tear up the Premier League. He is comfortable with dropping deep to pick up the ball and help build through the lines, whilst he also is able to float around in the final third and produce stunning goals and assists, with a brilliant final action. However, what makes him such a modern playmaker and a manager’s dream is that he is very much on trend. With the likes of Klopp and Nagelsman popularising high intensity, attacking football, it is crucial to have someone in that traditional number 10 position with the ability to join that press and win their fair share of midfield duels. He is so important in RB Leipzig’s style of play.
Rumour has it Leipzig are preparing themselves to lose their main creator this January. He only has 18 months left on his deal this January, and if the German side cannot negotiate an extension, they could be tempted to cash in. Spurs have been heavily linked with a move for Sabitzer, however the latest rumours suggest that Arsenal are preparing to hijack this move and bring him to the Emirates.
For me, this would be a perfect signing. He is at a really great age, 26, where he can be considered an experienced midfielder, whilst still having plenty of good years ahead of him. The profile of the player is perfect as well. Technically, his ability speaks for itself. However, more than that, the fact that he plays for such a high intensity team, means I doubt he would take much time to get used to the Premier League. The prospect of Martinelli and Saka on the wings with this guy providing the passes is a very exciting prospect indeed.
For me, if we have the money to stump up £45 million for this man and perhaps target Bissouma as well to partner Thomas Partey, our midfield will go from one of the poorest performing in the Premier League, to perhaps one of the best.
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